I am Better Today Because …

My friends over at TwitterMom’s always have some fun contests and inspire all sort of different blog post ides. Today’s inspiration comes from one of their latest contests Celebrate the Things in Your Life that Are Better Than Ever. They teamed up with Dove gofresh and they are offering some great prizes to participants. You should also check out Dove’s photo contest on Facebook where you can submit a “before” photo and a “now” photo in one of the four categories (play, love, life and style) and tell them how your life is better than ever for your chance to win a spa weekend getaway, cash prizes and more!

As for me, today my life is better than ever because of my relationship with Christ Jesus! Growing up I had always attended church and participated in different activities with the church so Christ has always been in my life. But it wasn’t until I got married and moved to Maryland that I really started to have a relationship with Christ. Since then all aspects of my life have changed. I have been blessed beyond measure in my career, finances, family, health and marriage. God’s presences in my life truly makes a difference and I know I am a better person today because of it.

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Dove® gofresh™ blogging program, making me eligible to get a $25 gift card and some product. For more information on how you can participate, click here.” (include this link to the discussion page: http://www.twittermoms.com/forum/topics/celebrate-the-things-in-your)

Sam´s Club Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies

For the Independence Day holiday this year my husband and I welcomed his family and some friends over for dinner and movies. It was an awesome time hanging out and just relaxing at home.

Well mostly relaxing. We did spend a bit of time preparing the food. My husband was the grill master as always preparing some Bar B Que Chicken, Roasted Corn and of course Hamburgers. I was in the kitchen making some mean mashed potatoes, pork and beans and brownies.

Okay so I admit it, I didn’t actually bake brownies. Curiosity of My Blog Spark and Pillsbury I was provided with a gift pack and a gift card to Sam’s Club and was able to pick up a great holiday dessert for the family. With a taste as delicious and authentic as if you baked them at home, Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies are a blend of 3 types of cocoas with real chocolate syrup and milk chocolate chunks to make a delicious fudge brownie—they’re the perfect solution when you’re pressed for time like I was.

Along with my coupon for the brownie tray I also received a cake decorating kit to add personal flair to my brownies. While that process didn’t turn out as smoothly as I had hoped, it was fun trying.

Well everyone loves brownies but not everyone loves to bake so if you would like to win a brownie pack of your own we will provide you with a Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies gift pack that includes $25 Sam’s Club gift card to use to purchase the brownies, frosting, and a large container for transporting the brownies. Also, when purchasing Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies at Sam’s Club, you have the chance to support your local school with Box Tops for Education. Each package of Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies has 6 Bonus Box Tops that can be redeemed to earn cash for the K-8 school of your choice.

For a chance to win leave a comment below with the details of your favorite brownie recipe. Don’t like brownies, let me know your favorite holiday dessert. Please be sure to leave a valid email address just in case you are chosen as a winner so I can contact you.

A winner will be chosen on Saturday, July 17 using random.org. Good Luck!!!

eBook Survey and Free Starbucks

As you may have heard me mention before this year I have been inspired to write my very first eBook for mothers. With much help, love, patients and assistance from my family – I have thankfully been able to start and get a good amount of the book completed. I have been getting most of my writing done during  my much needed Mommy Time at Starbucks the past few weeks.

Well I have reached a point in the book that I now need your help. It would mean so much if each of you could take the next five to ten minutes to help me complete this book by filling out the survey I have prepared. This survey touches on topics that are discussed heavily in my book.

Find Parenting Survey Here

This project can not be completed with your help and to show my appreciation all who complete the full survey and leave a comment on this blog post will be entered to win a fifty dollar ($50.00) gift certificate to Starbucks. Even if you don’t enjoy coffee, they have other beverages, pastries to enjoy along with some pretty cute mugs.

Here are the rules.

1) Enter and complete my Parenting Survey found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HTH7GCQ you must answer all questions, with valid responses. Due to the content of the questions you must have had at least one child to participate. Be sure to include your name and email so I can connect it back to this blog post.
2) Return to this blog post and leave a comment letting me know that have completed the survey and would like to participate. Completing the survey alone does not constitute an entry. Be sure to leave the same name and email addressed used during the survey so I can connect you to the responses.

You can only complete the survey once. Completing multiple surveys will not increase your chances. However for extra entries you can do the following:

  • Tweet about this contest and survey then leave a comment with the link to your tweet.
  • Post this on your facebook page and again leave a comment with the link to the post.

The survey will be closed on August 1 when all responses will be collected and a winner will be chosen using Random.org.

Man steals people's banking information. [VIDEO]

Was sent this video of how easy it is for someone to steal your bank information. Very interesting, and scary. It focused on a women at a park, looks like a busy afternoon in New York. Of course this doesn’t just appeal to women, the same crime can happen to a man involving his wallet, briefcase or laptop bag. Watch carefully and learn how to be more cautious.

Man steals people’s banking information. [VIDEO]

Start Your Day Off Right

I recently put up my long-time-in-the-making tag line for my blog. I came up with A Mom’s Fresh Start one day because I just love the way how the rest of the day can be effected by the way you start your day. Most of the time, if your morning start out ugly, the rest of your day will drag and possible feel like it’s getting worse. While conversely if you start of on the great side, you pretty much are whistling and humming the day away. Of course there are exceptions when other unplanned circumstances change the course, but those are rare occasions.

Getting a fresh start to the day in the morning has always been important to me. I strive to be a productive, organized and orderly mother, wife and employee. I feel that if I start a positive productive mode that the rest of the day will follow suit.

That is way I am so excited that I found a great resource to helping you making the most of your mornings. Kat with Inspired to Action has produced a great motivational piece to inspire you to start your mornings out right and maximize the time spent. In her 32 page eBook she will cover information to help you:

  • Learn why getting up early is so important.
  • How to get out of bed – tips to make it easier to crawl out of your cozy bed.
  • How to develop a doable Prayer and Bible Study plan.
  • How to find an exercise plan that works for you.
  • How to plan your day so that you actually get things done.
  • Learn the key to developing a great morning routine.
  • Download forms and charts to help you plan and stay on track.

Get you copy here.

Purex Saves Green $20,000 Giveaway

Purex has a new line of green Natural Elements products geared toward the families who want to do their best to use safe chemical products in their homes. They have a few products included in their line up:

Purex® Natural Elements™ Liquid Detergent

  • Naturally sourced cleaning ingredients
  • 95% natural
  • Natural fragrance extracts
  • Hypoallergenic and free of dyes

Purex® Liquid Fabric Softener

  • Biodegradable softening ingredients
  • Natural fragrance extracts
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Free of dyes

Purex® Complete 3-in-1™ Laundry Sheets

  • Less packaging than traditional bottles
  • Less weight since no added water
  • No waste due to no spills or messes
  • Hypoallergenic*

I am intrigued an interested to see just how well these products really work. I have to be honest and say I haven’t had the chance to try them yet so I can’t tell you much about it yet. But I can tell you that for the month of April they are giving one lucky family the chance to win $20,000.00 in a Green Home Makeover. I have already entered … so should you.

Praying Parents

I recently received a copy of the book The Power of a Praying Parent and have really enjoyed reading in it and finding out just how powerful our prayers can be for our children and ourselves. I have really enjoyed the prayer section at the end of each chapter. Omartian offers a suggested prayer to say on behalf our children. Here is just a section of one of their prayers …

” … Teach me how to pray and guide me in what to pray about. Help me not to impose my own will when I am praying for them, but rather enable me to pray that Your will be done in their life …”

There are many deep and well thought out prayer examples that really help us to communicate the needs, desires and care of our heart toward our children.

If you are looking to enhance your prayer life and cover your children with God’s protection I highly recommend you check out this book. It really breaks it down and shows you in depth reasons why prayer is so important and powerful and how we can help to enrich our children’s life through prayer.